I found somewhere that "sagon" is the reconstructed proto-germanic word for "story", which later became "saga" in Norse.

But in other places I find "sago" instead as the reconstructed proto-germanic word.

Is the correct term "sagon" or "sago"? I am not sure how to verify this.

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The stem is reconstructed as *sagōn-. The nominative singular is reconstructed as *sagǭ (with nasalised long vowel). Of course, this is all hypothetical.

  • "The ōn-stems were an innovated formation, created by attaching n-stem endings to older feminines in -ō" from Wiki, so *sago / *sagon can be different historical stages of the development of the same word.
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 11:02
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    @YellowSky. Not without diacritics, of course.
    – fdb
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 11:03
  • But basically it depends on whether the question is about a stem or a word.
    – fdb
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 11:04

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